March 29, 2015

Fox | 45 weeks

 45 weeks old!

I always said I would never force my baby to take creepy pictures with the Easter Bunny. Well, there are a lot of things I said I'd never do when I had kids, so there you go. At least he took it better than Santa. Let's hope he forgives me when he sees these pictures one day!





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March 27, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 12

 Day 78
Dinner at Oreganos with my sweet family! It's been so easy lately to take Fox with us, he just sits in his high chair and eats his food. Big Boy! 

Day 79
Toes for Dessert anyone? 

Day 80
Love him to pieces!

Excuse my squeaky voice, but I was so proud of my little guy, putting the balls back in the toy each and every time! He's learning so much these days, it's truly mind blowing!

Day 81
Katie and I spent Fox's naptime building this Activity board for him. I take no credit for installing all of the items, all I did was paint the stripes and decorate it when it was all said and done. I'm so glad Katie is so handy with a drill and installed all of these things in no time!

Day 82
Gone are the days where I could leisurely stroll through Target with a content baby for an hour. Now he wants to stand in the cart, help me push it and take all of the shoe boxes off the shelves. Sigh!

Day 83
Showing off his new party trick: standing by himself! Where is my baby?

Day 84
 Oh boy, we'll be in trouble with this one! Already fighting over toys with his buddy Matthew (they were born 5 days apart)! I'm sure there will be a lot of these kind of scenes in my future!
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March 24, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 11

 Day 71
Grandma & Grandpa came over to hang out with the little guy for a bit. Fox always has so much fun with grandpa! 

Day 72
Playdate with friends at the park!

Day 73
3am...Party in Fox's crib! He usually sleeps straight through the night, so this was very weird. Luckily he went right back to sleep after a little snack! 

Day 74
Katie has been talking about getting some climbing blocks for Fox for a while now and finally got them. He has been climbing all over the place ever since...he loves it! 

Day 75
Fox's new Ride! 

Day 76
An afternoon at the park!

 Day 77
 Matthias sent us this picture from Gym Class. We found out that our neighborhood gymnastics place offers free gym classes for babies 6-18 months, so Matthias has been taking him for a couple of weeks now. I wish I could go with him, but I'm also glad they are able to get out of the house and have fun there!
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March 21, 2015

Fox | 44 weeks

 44 weeks old!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from our lucky Charm!







Like Mother, like son: We like cereal!



Love these two so much!

Katie is always teaching him the most important life skills! 




Peace, Bro!

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March 16, 2015

March 15, 2015

Fox | 10 Month Update

Healthy as can be!

Big Honey, Baby Honey, Bubba, Schatzi, Bubbles, Mr. Fox, Foxy, Pumpkin, Stinky Butts, Poodle, Big Huns

I nurse Fox first thing in the morning, he gets 2 bottles (6oz each) while I’m at work (which I’m now trying to cut to one bottle by spacing out the feeding time to 4 hours), I nurse him when I get back home and then again before bedtime.

This month, I also dreamfed Fox once per night (at 1am), but I decided to try letting him go without any food at night and see how he does. The dreamfeed was more for me than him, just to know that he’s not hungry when he cries in the middle of the night. Hopefully I can report that he made the transition smoothly when I update again next month, so far it's been a week and he's been doing great!

He eats three solid meals a day and maybe a snack in between. He’s been doing so much better with trying different foods and actually liking other things than carbs. Katie also started to make him smoothies at night, with strawberries, bananas, yoghurt and spinach, which he LOVES. He gets all excited when she pulls out the blender!

He still likes to feed himself and actually does a pretty decent job putting a spoon in his mouth. Of course it’s super messy and bathtime is a must after dinner, but he is so proud of himself and will eat a lot of things from a spoon if he can feed himself, that he wouldn’t touch otherwise. 

Luckily he hasn’t gotten any more teeth this month, so we’re still at 6 teeth right now. He’s been chewing a lot lately though, so I think there might be some coming soon! 

He’s still doing great at night! Every once in a while he wakes up and cries for a short amount of time, which is still very, very hard for me to hear/watch on the monitor. He mostly sleeps through the night though, 12 hours straight, from 7pm until 7-7:30am.

He takes a really good morning nap (1.5-2.5 hours), but it has been nearly impossible to get him down for an afternoon nap. We decided to transition him to one nap a day for now, unless he has a very short or early morning nap and gets tired in the afternoon. For the most part, he is doing awesome with this arrangement though and never gets fussy until it gets really close to bedtime. He is one happy baby!  

Size 3 

We’re all over the place. He’s wearing anything from 6 months, up to 12 months.  

He is so talkative and babbles all day long. He’s been doing great with other people as well, I remember when he had really bad “stranger danger” a few months ago and now he doesn’t care who holds him and he has been doing awesome with Matthias (our au pair) as well. He could care less when we leave for work in the morning, but my favorite is coming home and seeing his excitement and huge smile on his face.   

Putting everything in his mouth, music and dancing, standing, pulling himself up on everything, being outside, riding in his stroller, other babies and children, when we make loud sounds that surprise him (like “boo”, sneezing, etc.), sleeping on his side and stomach, water bottles, our dogs (especially Zuma), bath time (only when we allow him to stand up in the bath tub), having his mommies attention, bracelets and necklaces, pulling hair, watching videos of himself giggle (it’s hilarious, he will smile the biggest smile towards the video and is mesmerized…it’s an awesome tool during car rides when he gets mad!), baby puffs, bananas, smoothies, yoghurt melts and any kind of carbs, cell phones, walking with his walker or if someone holds his hand, playing peek-a-boo, Roomba (vacuum robot), his baby doll, shaking his head (like he’s saying “no, no, no”), TV remotes, opening cabinets and drawers, slamming his legs up and down into the changing table pad in the morning (he laughs hysterically when he does), looking at pictures of Katie, me and himself on our picture wall 

The Sun (he sneezes and it makes him mad when it shines in his face), Naps, being held like a baby, when we take something away from him, changing his diaper, when we put him into his sleep sack at night (he knows that means bedtime)

Same as last month! I’m still super happy about my new work schedule (5am-2:30pm) that allows me to spend the afternoon with Fox, but I miss him every minute I’m away from him. I’m so proud of him reaching all these new milestones, but it certainly is bittersweet and I’m already anxious about him turning 1 (although we have started to plan his party several weeks ago). Every month gets more fun, but I also miss the baby stage…it’s so true what everyone says, they grow up way to fast. I’m going to blink and he’ll be in Kindergarten! 

Katie is so proud of Fox. She always says that (unlike me) she doesn’t like the baby stage and can’t wait for him to grow a little older to do fun things. She is his biggest cheerleader and always encourages him to learn new things and be independent. For whatever reason, we started calling her “Mommy Girl” and Fox totally knows who to look for when we say it. Seeing her in the morning is still super exciting and you can just tell how much he loves her! 

Fun things we did: 
We went to the Zoo two times this month and had a huge baby play date at our house. Fox has been going to the park every day with Matthias and they seem to have a lot of fun together.

We went to a joint 1st birthday party for Fox’s friends Harper and Aria, had his 9-month pictures taken and spent a lot of time with Katie’s dad and stepmom.

Oh my goodness, this boy gave us a run for the money this month! We leave for a few hours to go to work and when we come home, he learned a new trick. It’s crazy and amazing at the same time. He can now crawl like a pro, climb stairs, pull himself up on anything, walk fast with a walker, stand for a few seconds without any support, feed himself with a spoon, give kisses on command, shake his head (“no, no, no”) and cruise around furniture. So many milestones! 

What we’re looking forward to: 
Fox’s first Easter and seeing him become more and more independent and mobile this month!